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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 10, 2009 3:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More about Jerry's tone: Strings

I hear ya, I hear ya! So, this fellow makes some very interesting statistical analyses, one of which is that the Germans were so good (something I think we both agree on) because of the disproportionate number of lower level officers (per grunt ranks) relative to French, Brit and US armies, and that was the primary factor in their succes (ie, tactical supremcy, etc., etc.; which again, we probably agree on). But, he also takes on any number of "myths" that have been accepted over the years for both WWI and WWII, some of which I buy into (ie, the debunking aspect--eg, that the allies suffered much greater mortality rates in WWI compared to the Germans, who just weren't as stupid as we were), but also, that the ruskies "won the war" as I was maintaining when we last crossed swords hereabouts...will see how he presents his case.

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Poster: kochman Date: Apr 10, 2009 4:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More about Jerry's tone: Strings

I think another reason the german army was so good is that it promoted based on experience and skill, rather than just social class (something the other armies hadn't gotten too as well, the US being the closest example). A good, young sergeant became a lieutenant.

This was pretty damn important... that and the germans WERE just naturally militaristic.

Of course, two world wars took most of the fight out of their gene pool.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 10, 2009 7:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More about Jerry's tone: Strings

You're right on; he outlines this quite well--it was a cultural position to aspire to, and they had multiple "west points", etc., etc.

So, they ended up having many well educated folks pursuing it, working into the officer ranks, etc.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Apr 10, 2009 3:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More about Jerry's tone: Strings

Hey, My Grand-Dad fought in WW1...for the Germans. So I agree with what Tell is saying, of course. ;)